To the Limit: An Air Cav Huey Pilot in Vietnam

To the Limit: An Air Cav Huey Pilot in Vietnam

by Tom A. Johnson
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To the Limit: An Air Cav Huey Pilot in Vietnam by Tom A. Johnson

The riveting memoir of a Vietnam helicopter pilot.

“When you step into a Huey with Tom Johnson, you’re in for the real thing. No one has previously captured the Vietnam helicopter experience with such gripping authority.”—Robert F. Dorr, author of Chopper
From June 1967 to June 1968, Tom Johnson accumulated an astonishing 1,600 flying hours piloting the UH-1 “Iroquois”—better known as the “Huey”—as part of the famous First Air Cavalry Division. His battalion was one of the most decorated units of the Vietnam War, and helped redefine modern warfare.
Johnson’s riveting memoir takes us into key battles and rescue missions, including those for Hue and Khe Sanh. In harrowing detail, he tells of being shot down in the battle of A Shau Valley, of surviving enemy attacks during the Tet Offensive, and of a death-defying nighttime river rescue, in which only the bare feet of soldiers hanging off the Huey’s skids kept the helicopter from plunging under water. From dangerous missions to narrow escapes, Johnson’s memoir vividly captures the adrenaline rush and the horror of war, and takes you on a ride you’ll never forget.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451222183
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/02/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 363,256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Tom A. Johnson was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal (with five Silver Leaf Clusters), and the Bronze Star for his Vietnam War service.

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To the Limit: An Air Cav Huey Pilot in Vietnam 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
TenaciousJay More than 1 year ago
I read "Chickenhawk" before I read this but wished I had found "To The Limit" first. What did I like most about "To The Limit"? Tom Johnson's outstanding moral character, relatively clean language (especially compared to other Vietnam books), and most of all, INCREDIBLE stories. Tom Johnson seems like a solid guy with some solid morals. He promised himself that he would remain faithful to his wife before going on tour and held true to that promise and did not have any relations with any other women while on tour. That cannot be said of many of the other men that served during that time including Robert Mason who actually includes quite a detailed account (I only read the beginning of it before I realised just how descriptive he was going to get before skipping) of him being unfaithful to his wife while on his tour. I also appreciated the relatively clean language of the book. It's not 100%, but compared to most other Vietnam books where dropping f-bombs every other paragraph is the norm, this book is much cleaner. Again, I think many strong Christians have grown up learning to keep their language fairly clean and appreciated Tom Johnson's effort to keep this book a bit cleaner than many of the other Vietnam books. But most of all, the stories were just amazing. Towards the end of the book I'd read some of the stories and kept thinking "well, he's only got a few weeks left on his tour. There's just no way it can get crazier than that." Wrong. It got crazier. There are some flashbacks that slow things down a bit, but I found they provided some interesting insight into Tom's background and thinking. He does get a bit technical and talk about the actual controls of the helicopter (which I found fascinating as I have contemplated taking helicopter flight lessons) but I don't think it would cause any confusion even for those who have no knowledge of helicopters. To The Limit was written in a way that made it easy to read and hard to put down. I greatly appreciate the service of all of the men who have honorably served in the military but being Christian I wish the culture in the military had stronger morals. To The Limit is the strongest example I have seen of good moral character in the military with simply incredible stories and will most likely remain my favorite book for a long, long time.
matcatfan1 More than 1 year ago
This book is.....amazing!! I love reading military books and i have always been interested in history books about war. And this book is my favorite book about any war. Tom Johnson is one of those men who went into a war that mostly the nation turned their back to. But Johnson knew that and did his job to get back. He describe detail about his time in Nam. From him telling what the radio chatter was to the combat, him flying troops in HOT LZs and saving their lives when they needed it the most. Johnson is a hero to my eyes and he should be in yours.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading this,written completely from the helicopter pilot's perspective, this is an incredible memoir of UH-1 flying in Viet Nam. I couldn't put it down. This is REAL and intense flying,'To the Limit' is a must for any helicopter pilot! Although any one who wants to know what is was like to fly a 'huey' in the Viet Nam war will thoroughly enjoy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book about the actions of a Huey pilot in Viet Nam. It is amazing that one person could live through all of this. I did not want to stop reading it at night. It is great to hear the story of an everyday person in an extraordinary environment. I have read many other books about flying during war and this ranks as one of the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I respect any veteran. Every soldier in combat fought with bravery and honor. In Vietnam the chopper pilots were very brave for rescuing wounded soldiers and being there when needed. Many died or wounded helping others. That is true sacrafice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a Vietnam helicopter myself I've read most of the books written about the things we did fourty plus years ago. Before I read To the Limit I always recommended Chickenhawk as the best, most accurate book about helicopters. To the Limit is hands down the best, most accurate Vietnam helicopter pilot's book I've read. Rattler 16 71st AHC 1969-71
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are many Vietnam era books out there, some are well written, others not so much so. This book, however, puts you in the helicopter with Mr. Johnson, and he omits no details of his personal experiences as a pilot in the war. The action is both real and compelling. The book doesn't strive to make political statements, but its honesty and transparency allow the reader to objectively experience the feelings and emotions of the war as seen through the eyes of those who fought it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an Air Cav grunt Platoon Leader, these men kept us alive and saved our butts more than once. This book gives everyone an inside look at these brave and sometimes "crazy" men who brought new meaning to "Duty, Honor, Country".
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Recommended! Technically sound, but too limited in scope of what was happening in country that impacted on unit. Needed better closure about Tom
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I loved the sample, but when i got the book i got stuck on page 15.i think i would've liked it but theres technical problems